We’re going full Christmas mode with today’s cut file! Santa is making his list, and the kids are making theirs. Send those letters off in style with the help of this 3D Christmas mailbox!
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I’ve been asking my kids what they want for Christmas, and, last week, they decided to make their lists, and write their letters to Santa. When they were done, I remembered that my grandma use to have a special mailbox that we would put our letters in. I thought it was extra special and fun to mail my letter in a “special, magical” mailbox.
That memory is what inspired me to make my very own Christmas mailbox!
- Hot Glue
- A Brad/Paper Fastener
- Bone Folder (optional)
- Stamp Ink (optional)
- Ink Blending Tool (optional)
- A Cutting Machine or X-ACTO knife
- My Free Template
How to Make It
1. Use your cutting machine or X-ACTO knife, along with my template, to cut out all of the 3D Christmas mailbox pieces.
Note: If you are using the SVG files that includes the score lines, don’t forget to set them as such in Cricut Design Space and attach them to their shapes before sending through your cutting machine. I used a lime green color to mark the score lines, so hopefully that helps! If you’re having trouble with the score lines, check out this video.
Prepping & Layering
2. Optional: If you’d like to give your project a little bit more dimension, ink the edges of the snow, holly leaves, and bottom sides of your mailbox. (This is a common technique in the card making world, but it’s a new one for me—obviously, I had a lot of fun with it!)
Fold along the score lines to shape your holly leaves. Layer and glue your front and back pieces, along with your silver strips, mailbox flag, and holly.
Assembling the Mailbox
3. Attach your mailbox side and bottom pieces.
Start by gluing the tabs on the right side to the inside edge of the back piece. Repeat with the left side. Attach the bottom piece to the inside of the back piece and both side pieces.
4. Next, add your silver embellishment pieces to the back side by attaching them directly to the mailbox (Note: the back pieces differ slightly from the front ones because they don’t have any tabs on the long edges).
Then, make your front “lid” by folding in the tabs on your silver pieces and attaching them to the inside of your front piece, following the edge. Adhere the liner piece to cover the tabs and add strength to the lid.
5. Lastly, give your snow pieces a good bend, and then attach them to the top of your mailbox.
Fasten your flag using a brad/paper fastener.
Glue your holly bunches wherever you’d like, and you’re done!
The fun part about this project is that it’s totally functional! But, even if you just want to use it as decoration, it works beautifully for that purpose too. It’s super unique, and there are lots of lovely details to enjoy.
I use Adobe Illustrator for all of my designs, and a Cricut Maker to bring my creations to life. For tips on creating fun paper cuts like this one, see the FAQ section on my website. Also, be sure to check out the other holiday freebies available on my blog!
Enjoy making your very own 3D Christmas mailbox! I hope you have as much fun putting it together as I did. Be sure to share your festive final project with me on Instagram!
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